Being Short Staffed is Costing You…Big!

A common misconception among business owners today is that they neither have the time nor the resources to devote to hiring; however, this is an extremely dangerous mindset. By not bringing new staff on board and essentially forcing your current team to do more with less, you are actually hurting your business. Understaffing can be a huge problem, negatively impacting your company’s ability to operate at maximum efficiency and meet production goals, as well as costing you money in the long run.

Many companies that feel forced to resort to understaffing do so because of the initial cost savings, not realizing the many hidden costs associated with understaffing.  Some of the most common hidden costs due to understaffing include:

  • Productivity. Attention to detail becomes lost when overwhelmed employees are constantly under pressure to deliver. This is where most mistakes are made. Not only does an influx of mistakes cost your company money, it also results in unhappy customers.
  • Employee stress and morale. When employees constantly face fast-paced and rigid deadlines, it is only a matter of time before they will begin to feel burned out. While this certainly takes a negative toll on productivity, it can also end up costing you more in healthcare expenses, workers’ compensation, and paid time off.
  • Turnover costs. If employees are constantly stressed and unhappy at their place of employment, chances are, they will begin to look for work elsewhere. Losing and ultimately replacing quality employees is highly costly and counterproductive to businesses, both in resources as well as time.
  • Inability to grow as a company. When a company struggles to handle its current workload, taking on any new or exciting opportunities is out of the question. Stunted company growth can also take away time to dedicate to networking, brainstorming, and generating leads for new business, ultimately causing your bottom line to suffer.

Companies facing understaffing issues have a lot to lose, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Working with a recruiter to develop a strategic staffing plan to make necessary hires will pay off for your company in both the short and long term. Proper utilization of contractors has been an enormous help to many companies of various sizes facing staffing shortages by pulling them out of the understaffing hole before it becomes too late. If you are in need of top energy staffing services, do not hesitate to contact FootBridge Energy today!

Microgrids – Passing Energy Fad? Or Here to Stay?

Efficiency is a key factor in most any industry. For the energy sector, this especially rings true, not just for innovation, but for profitability as well. Throughout the course of the past several decades, the United States has been experiencing a rising number of new energy advancements including natural gas, hydraulic fracturing, and wind and solar energy. While these developments have quickly become common household names, if not a part of our day-to-day lives, there is one newer technology that is undoubtedly gaining prominence: the microgrid.

A microgrid is a modern technological advancement which represents a smaller scale integrated energy system. In addition to electricity production, microgrids are also responsible for energy storage; this gives them the ability to be used either in conjunction with the utility’s existing power grid or as an entirely separate entity of their own. Major benefits of the microgrid’s flexibility include:

  • Lower demand on transmission infrastructure
  • Fewer line losses
  • Ability to rely on local power sources

Although microgrids do still face several barriers including integration and associated costs, they are already well on their way to becoming more widespread.  In fact, campus, military, remote, community, and commercial and industrial sectors are some of the biggest markets currently taking advantage of microgrid benefits; however, the Department of Defense is one of the most recent administrations to express interest in using microgrids. Due to their mission to improve energy security, the DOD is working to produce over 600-megawatts of energy by 2018.

Benefits of microgrid use don’t stop at limiting fossil fuels for electricity generation. Integrating additional renewable resources, such as wind and solar at the local distribution and grid level, and enabling military bases to sustain operations no matter what, are just a few unique perks of using microgrids. Hospitals are also beginning to take notice of the microgrid, as guaranteed power can be an absolute lifesaver when it comes to keeping all medical equipment running continuously and effectively.

Regardless of industry, microgrids are becoming a popular development providing great benefits to any site looking to take advantage of continuous and reliable power. In turn, this additional boom in yet another facet of the energy sector means one thing for hopeful job seekers: more energy jobs. If you are interested in learning more about how the rise in microgrid popularity can help you find your next job in the energy field, contact the experts at FootBridge Energy today!

Beware of Your Employees Being Poached!

With the rising need for qualified contractors, many companies tend to set their sights on their competitors’ rosters for finding experienced contract employees. This “poaching” of contract employees can often leave a company without needed talent and in turn, lead to increased hiring costs. Due to growing concerns regarding the impending talent cliff, employee poaching is a rising threat for many energy sector employers.

Growth in the natural gas and oil industry is projected to boom throughout the duration of 2013, both domestically as well as globally. While this is great news for creating new jobs and decreasing the national unemployment rate, it is also a double-edged sword as concerns begin to grow over a prospective shortage of needed talent to sustain this continuous growth in years to come. Despite mostly positive outlooks on global growth, an industry-wide deficit of skilled oil and gas professionals is now predicted to be the number one barrier of sector growth in 2013. Because of this, many savvy energy industry companies are looking for methods to prevent contract employee poaching.

While there is no magical solution to keep all of your contract employees working for your company, there are methods to minimize your risk of losing your top performers to the competition. Consider implementing the following strategies to avoid having your contract employees wooed away by other companies:

  • Engage your employees and nurture relationships. One way you can help your valued contract employees resist temptation from your competitors is to show them that you are invested in their future with the company. Give them management time, discuss their professional goals, and share your vision for the continued growth of your company and their role in it.
  • Be conscious of what you are promising and follow through. As an employer, you need to earn the loyalty and trust of your employees. Your employees are critical to your company’s success, and strong leadership will lead to agile employees who are resilient to change. Essentially, be the kind of boss you would want to have.
  • Reward a job well done. As simple as it sounds, rewarding a job well done is one of the most effective ways to boost morale and build employee loyalty. Most people thrive on feeling appreciated and needed. Rewards can be a simple praise or acknowledgement for great work or presented with a token of gratitude, such as a gift card or small bonus. One of the most fatal mistakes an employer can make is to only interact with employees when there is problem; be sure to show your employees your appreciation for their work.

Although contract employee poaching is a threat, your company does not have to fall victim to it. FootBridge Energy is dedicated to the well-being of its clients and job seekers spanning the wide variety of facets in the energy sector. If you are looking for additional energy industry resources to harness a strong culture of company loyalty, contact FootBridge Energy today!

New Industry? New Location? Here are a Few Things You Should Know

It is not uncommon that job seekers will find themselves needing to relocate for a great new job opportunity. When approached incorrectly, this can prove to be both a challenging and unnecessarily stressful transition for many employees; after all, the process requires you to find a new place to call home, become acquainted with a new environment, master a new job, and build a brand new support network all at the same time. Making the decision to move for a job demands a good amount of consideration and can sometimes be one of the most important choices you can make for your career.

The energy industry is no exception when it comes to fields occasionally requiring employees to move. Growth in the energy sector is just one of many factors contributing to a healthy rise in U.S. jobs. In fact, unconventional oil and gas production have created more than 1 million jobs, and 800,000 more jobs are prospected by 2015. Driving a strong need for construction workers, engineers, truck drivers, and a wide variety of other occupations, it comes as no surprise that many job seekers today are steering their searches towards the energy sector, especially in high-demand areas such as Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to name a few big players.

Due to the closing of Crystal River 3, many alternative energy enthusiasts are projecting a sizable boom in solar energy jobs in Florida. It is common knowledge that if there is one thing Florida has in abundance, it is sunlight; replacing the energy the Crystal River area will be losing due to the power plant’s closing with solar power would be a smart and efficient next move. Fortunately, whether the energy sector jobs are sprouting in Florida or elsewhere, FootBridge Energy is ready to help.

FootBridge Energy prides itself in assisting new energy workers with several unique temporary relocation adjustment attributes including:

  • Housing identification. FootBridge Energy will help you adjust to your new area by finding appropriate local housing and help point you in the right direction to get on your feet as quickly and smoothly as possible.
  • Concierge programs. These unique programs, provided exclusively by FootBridge Energy, help new employees settle in to their new daily routine, allowing you to make your new job your primary focus since everything else will be taken care of.

The energy sector is a prime field for job seekers looking for something new or seasoned professionals looking to advance their careers. FootBridge Energy fosters a culture of success by helping its employees every step of the way, from initially finding the job to settling in and making a career. If you are ready to jumpstart your career in the energy industry and would like additional relocation resources, contact the experts at FootBridge Energy today!

Applying a “Sustainable Engagement” Model

Employee engagement should be an ongoing effort in your organization. After all, employees who feel taken care of, appreciated and trusted are both happier and more productive at work. In order to retain top talent and recruit the best new candidates, it is extremely important to harness strong employee engagement.

Employee engagement, in the traditional sense, is no longer enough to fuel top performance in a world of increasing demand. What is required now is something known as sustainable engagement. The key to this kind of engagement is to create a work environment that more fully energizes employees by promoting their physical, emotional, and social well-being.

Since sustainable engagement focuses more on investing in the core needs of employees, it is difficult to define specific activities to promote engagement. Instead, find ways to fuel inspiration in your employees with the following:

  • Change your views as a leader. The first step is to begin thinking like a Chief Energy Officer. Energy is contagious, and it is your job to set an example by talking the talk and walking the walk.
  • Recognize burnout and overload. Feelings of overload and burnout are extremely common among today’s workforce. Shift from the traditional focus of getting more out of your employees and effectively address the issue of capacity. This is a great proactive step towards energizing the workplace.
  • Create policies to allow flexibility. Organizations need to create policies and practices that make it possible for employees to better manage their workload, live more balanced lives, exercise greater autonomy. Policies focused on flexibility and working remotely when possible greatly contribute to a more energized workplace.

A sustainably engaged workforce begins with employers and employees who truly value and invest in one another. Employees and employers alike who are willing to take responsibility for how they manage as well as take care of themselves end up feeling better and performing better on the job. FootBridge Energy is a staffing firm focused on energy, both in the industry and the workplace. If you are looking for additional sustainable engagement resources, contact the energy staffing experts at FootBridge Energy today!